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Crafts for Charity: 10 Ways to Give Back

By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor, FaveCrafts.com
Crafts for Charity

Whether you're a knitter, crocheter, crafter, quilter, or sewist, we all love our crafts for many reasons. Why not spread that joy a little further by using your crafts for a good cause?

These charities accept various types of craft donations for all causes. Pack boxes for children around the world in need, stitch up some blankets to keep children warm, and more! No matter your craft of choice, there's a way you can give back to those in need.

Crafting for charity is a great way to get your kids involved in the world of charity and philanthropy as well.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is perhaps one of the most well-known charities out there. Their goal is to give to those in need by sending shoe boxes of gifts and necessities to children in over 100 countries. In fact, on the FaveCrafts Blog, we recently put together a list of projects that would be perfect for an Operation Christmas Child box. Get your children involved and put together some boxes this holiday season.

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Operation Christmas Child

Warm Up America

Since 1991, Warm Up America has been sending knitted and crochet afghans, hats, and more to people in need. Making a contribution to a worthy cause is easy! Check out their Current Needs page to see what causes Warm Up America is helping.

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Warm Up America

Days for Girls

Days for Girls is committed to supporting girls around the world with feminine hygiene products! Sewists, in particular, are always needed at Days for Girls. Find your local group and join the effort!

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Days for Girls

Knots of Love

Founded in 2007, Knots of Love has donated hundreds of thousands of knit and crochet hats to people with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Browse their patterns and get to stitching. This amazing charity is a great and simple way to give back.

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Knots of Love

Color a Smile

Crafting for charity is not just for knitters and crocheters! If you're looking for a way to get your kids or students involved in a charity, consider Color A Smile. They send beautiful drawings from children of all ages to senior citizens, troops overseas, and anyone else who could use a smile.

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Color a Smile

Knit-A-Square

Calling all knitters! Knit a Square brings together knitters from around the world to collaborate in knitting blankets and afghans for orphaned children around the world. What a great way to give your time to a good cause by simply knitting an 8" x 8" square. Knit a Square also accepts knitted hats and beanies, hand warmers, and more. Check out their full wish list.

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Knit-A-Square

Project Linus

Project Linus has been donating handmade blankets to children in need since 1995! Their dedication to the cause has provided crafters, sewists, knitters, quilters, and crocheters a great way to give back. Looking to get involved? Find your local chapter here.

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Project Linus

Binky Patrol

Binky Patrol has been knitting, crocheting, quilting, and sewing blankets for children in need for more than 20 years, and they're still going strong! Browse their patterns and get involved today. All ages welcome, even non-crafty people!​

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Binky Patrol

Caitlin's Smiles

Through their Creative Arts Care Program, Caitlin's Smiles donates boxes of arts and crafts to children in hospitals, awaiting treatment. Crafters know how much joy it can bring; donate to Caitlin's Smiles to help spread that joy to those in need.

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Caitlin's Smiles

Snuggles Project

If you're an animal lover, the Snuggles Project is the perfect charity for you. The Snuggles Project connects knitters, crocheters, and sewists with shelters in need of a way to make a more welcoming and comforting environment for animals. Many animals who end up in shelters are frightened, which can be a challenge for their caregivers and makes them less likely to be adopted. Snuggles help calm these animals and help them find a loving home.

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Great list of charities. I love to craft for others and do a LOT of sewing crocheting for Operation Christmas Child. Glad to see them on the list.

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